Indians down under enjoy work and fun
IT’S a long way from India’s bustling streets but for five professionals from Southern India, Airlie Beach has made its mark as a place where the main traffic is on the water and the sky is unforgettably open and blue.
Hosted by the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach, these five visitors to our little community spent two days last week involved in tourism and industry activities as part of a Group Study Exchange. Worldwide, Rotary International provides grants for professional men, aged between 25 and 40, to travel from their resident countries in a unique cultural and vocational exchange. For three to six weeks, team members experience the host country’s institutions and ways of life, observing their own vocations as practised abroad, developing personal and professional relationships, exchanging ideas and hopefully applying this knowledge when they return to their homelands.
Here in the Whitsundays, the visiting team attended a combined Rotary meeting with Bowen and Proserpine clubs ahead of a one-hour flight over the outer reef and islands with GSL Aviation. Then it was down to work, attending lessons at the Proserpine State High School and observing how pharmacies, legal offices and solar power installations are run.
While the team had already visited Cairns, Mareeba, Innisfail, Mission Beach, Ingham and Townsville en-route, Airlie Beach Rotarian Ian Hudson said it was the Whitsundays that left a lasting impression. “They all stated the most remarkable, paramount part of their experience in Australia had been in the Whitsundays, notably because most had never been in a light aircraft before, and (because of ) the spectacular scenery of Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach and the reef,” he said.
WHOLE NEW WORLD: Mohanraj Ammu, Jijoy Joseph, pilot Nick Kraitzer, Ian Hudson, Sandhya Sankar, Adithi Devesan and Bharath Manickchand ready to board a GSL plane for a scenic flight.